This month's spotlight is on Parke Sorsaka's hike

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Parke Sorsaka smallParke Sorsaka, also known as Den Dunki, is a park next to the country house Sorsaka. It is a nice green area inbetween more and more houses. It is publicly accessible for as long as I know, but it is only for the last few years that Uniek Curaçao is taking care ofit. They extended the park by removing some of the surrounding fencing, they cleared and marked a trail through the park and extended the trail to the Jan Thiel lagoon. They are in the process of putting signs along the trail probably with an explanation of what can be seen. All this makes it a perfect candidate for a guided hike.

So I decided to include this hike as a new hike in my offering. Before going with guests I always walk the trail several times on my own or with friends. And although I was still not completely happy with the trail I decided to put this hike on the schedule for the month of August; August 3 would be the first time with guests for this hike. Just to be safe I decided to walk the trail one last time. Carel de Haseth joined me in this last trial run. Carel is an enthousiast photographer and great nature lover. I still can learn a lot from him.
This last hike before going live turned out to be the deciding one. I concluded that an extension of the hike would make it far more attractive. Where I normally turned I now went to the East in the direction of the saltpans and to the abandoned house that I had seen several times before. These saltpans add so much value to this hike that it reached the critical point of being worthwhile.

What can you expect from this hike?

First of all I will give my opinion on the information that is provided at the entrance of Parke Sorsaka. It is my opinion based on several discussions with Carel about this topic, but it is open for discussion.

Then we visit the old bridge, still very attractive; I will compare it with the bridge as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. We cross the wooden bridge and go to the large well. This well still contains water. It is a nice example of the many wells that were on the island before Aqualectra provided water to the houses. We continue the hike through a nice forest of Manzaliña trees and Mispel trees. Most of these trees are very old. We visit a second well, this one dry with an adjacent water tank.

We continue the hike through the forest, cross the road into the second part of the park, also full of large trees, and reach the Jan Thiel lagune. Most of the time flamingoes can be seen in the lagune and we will be able to get reasonably close to them. Also lots of other waterbirds are in this area.
We walk along a small hill where traces of a former Indian picknic place can be found.

Then we turn left and go in the direction of the saltpans. These saltpans were still in operation far into the 20th century. Also currently these saltpans contain a lot of salt which gives the impression of a snow and ice landscape. Very nice. Here we take a break before we start the return leg of the hike.

We walk back along and over the walls of the saltpans and then return to Parke Sorsaka. We walk through the park and return to the cars.

All in all a hike that takes 2 - 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group and how often we stop for taking pictures.

It is an easy hike over flat terrain. The only problem could be that part of the terrain is muddy. In that case we try to stay on dry ground farther from the lagune. It is a hike that can be done easily with kids provided they are able to walk for about 2.5 hours without getting too tired. The pace is not high. The total distance of the trail is about 5.5 kilometers so the average pace is less than 2.5 kilometers per hour.

To give you an impression of the area I have made a selection of the pictures I took during my hikes here.